I booked ten days at this hotel on the strength of the reviews on tripadvisor, but, I have to say, I regretted it. The Rural Victoria is not a bad hotel, but it is not that good either, and it is no where near as fantastic as previous reviews suggest. Frankly, I am quite baffled by them. Either we simply had a mediocre experience, or other people are very easily satisfied.
Firstly, the Superior Room for which we paid nearly 110 Euros per night, was not particularly special. The room was a decent size, but the bathroom was tiny, and it's too expensive for what it is. This is nothing to do with it being an old building - the front of the hotel is old, but much of the rest appears to be modern trying to look old. The beds are pretty hard (although we did get used to them). The breakfast is nothing special (orange juice from concentrate, lukewarm eggs and sausage, some ok pastries, no coffee refills offered) and you sit in a slightly dark and depressing corner off the otherwise well-lit atrium. Why is the breakfast so average in a hotel which prides itself on its lunchtime and evening cuisine?
Some (though not all) the staff need to be considerably friendlier. Our departure after 10 days and spending over 1000 euros was a quick and pretty disinterested encounter on the part of the member of staff. Internet access is rather frustrating, as the connection kept going down, and you have to keep reconnecting (useless for downloading).
On the plus side, the room was very clean and quiet, and there is a lovely roof terrace, with good views over the town, valley and up to Mt Teide. Parking (which I had been a bit worried about) was not really a problem, as - although there is no hotel car park - we were always able to park for free in the street nearby. In addition, La Oratava is a lovely old town. There isn't much to do at night, and there seems to be a dearth of decent restaurants (the hotel restaurant perhaps excepted) but this was not a problem, and during the day it's a buzzy little place full of attractive old squares and cafes. And the small sub-tropical garden nearby is lovely. We would definitely return to La Oratava, but not to this hotel. It's quite mediocre, and it's not worth the money. Boutique hotels are supposed to be beautiful, special, friendly places with fantastic service. Unfortunately, this place wasn't really any of these.
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- Also Known As:
- Rural Victoria Hotel
- Hotel Rural Victoria Tenerife/La Orotava, Spain